Tenn. hobbyist's venomous snakes may lead to jail

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- A snake enthusiast faces numerous charges in Tennessee after wildlife authorities confiscated several of his venomous serpents following the death of a fellow hobbyist bitten by a copperhead.

Thirty-eight-year-old Chuck Hurd of Gate City, Va., says he never had any trouble with the law before. He is facing 48 misdemeanor charges related to his possession of the snakes, and each carries a maximum possible penalty of a year in jail.

Authorities arrested him after discovering his snakes, which had been left with a friend in Tennessee. Officials had been investigating the death of Wade Westbrook, who died at his home Jan. 29 after being bitten by the copperhead.

Hurd has not been charged in the man's death. He says he did not give Westbrook the snake and had nothing to do with the man's death.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to webmaster@wvlt-tv.com. Please provide detailed information.

powered by Disqus


6450 Papermill Drive Knoxville, TN 37919 Phone - (865) 450-8888; Fax - (865) 450-8869
Copyright © 2014 WVLT-TV Inc. - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 117098878 - local8now.com/a?a=117098878
Gray Television, Inc.